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June 27th - Spring Calf Update
Calving 2015

Our spring rains have brought a bountiful first cutting hay crop, which is well underway here on the ranch!

 

     

 

While we're busy haying the spring pairs are out on pasture in their natural service sire groups. Over the next few weeks we will pull the bulls, combine all of the pairs into larger groups, then ultrasound the spring cows. Any open cows will re-bred AI and put into another natural service sire group and bred to join our summer calving cowherd.


 

 

 

Here are a few of this years spring calves:

     

The three bull calves above and the two heifer calves below are all out of Andras Fusion R236. 

 

Here are two Bieber Rough Country A523 bull calves (below).

 

 

These next five calves are all out of Bieber Hard Drive Y120.

     

     

 

Here's one Paringa Iron Ore E27 bull calf.

 

These last five calves are all out of Bieber Rollin Deep Y118.

     

 

Our pastures are full of nice green grass. How is the pasture and hay crop looking in your area?

 


June 19th - Rhubarb Days and our last Branding
Branding 2015

It's been another rainy week here at the ranch. So far we have recieved over an inch this week and are expecting another inch or so tonight. It's been a rainy late spring/early summer here. The grass is really growing!

 

A couple weekends ago the Rhubarb Days Festival was held in Leola. During Rhubarb Days Ron won the Rhubarb King title. He won the title after his Rhubarb Delight dessert won firt place!

 

 

 

 

This week on the ranch we branded the last of our ET calves and the last few summer calves that were to young to brand a couple weeks ago. We flush our donor cows throughout the year and freeze the embryos. In the spring we implant those frozen embryos and some fresh embryos into a handful of cooperator herds. These cooperators calve their cows and raise the calves through summer. At weaning time we buy the ET calves back and bring them to the ranch and develop them alongside the natural calves that were born on the ranch. All of our cooperators use our vaccine program when they work the calves in the spring and if the herd is close we come to help and brand the calves. This year for the calves we used Bovi-Shield GOLD, Ultra Choice 7 and a Pinkeye vaccine. The consistent vaccine program helps all of the calves stay healthy not only as they grow this summer but when we move them back to the ranch!

 

Here are some pictures of working the ET calves at one of our cooperators just west of the ranch near Eureka, SD.

     

     

     


June 7th - Branding our Summer Calves
Branding 2015

A few weeks ago we hauled all of our summer pairs over to the property we recently bought near Long Lake, SD. With the majority of our summer calves on the ground we worked the cows and branded the calves at the Long Lake place late last week.

 

 

 

We had around 150 pairs to work and did it with a small crew. We worked all of the cows through the chute first thing in the morning and gave each a dose of CattleMaster GOLD, Spirovac, Pinkeye vaccination and a dose of MultiMin an Injectable mineral/vitamin supplement. These vaccinations help keep the cow healthy throughout the year and prepare her for a healthy future pregnancy. We branded each of the calves and also gave them a dose of MultiMin, Pinkeye vaccination, Bovi-Shield GOLD a 5-way vaccination, and a 7-way Clostridium vaccine (Ultra choice 7). These all keep the calf healthy and growing! Here are some shots of our day. 

 

 

 

 

     

 


 

 

     

 

 

Since we had a smaller crew for this branding instead of wrestling the calves while we branded and vaccinated them we used Nordforks. These hold the calf head while the roper/horse hold the calfs feet while the crew on the ground make sure the calf gets all of it's vaccines and brand. After the calf is done a person on the ground takes the Nordfork off of the calfs head then the roper pops his dally and allows the calf to walk out of the rope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Response 1
Tuesday 23rd of June 2015
Submitted by: Vonnie
Wow. What a lot for me to learn. Ha, G Vonnir

June 4th - Summer Calving Cowherd
Calving 2015

It's been a nice warm early summer week here with a few days of moisture throughout the week. We've been calving our summer cow herd since May 1st and we have about 20 cows left to calve. Here are some of our summer calves!

 

A bull calf out of Bieber Spartacus A193

     

Left: A heifer calf out of Bieber Hard Drive Y120

Right: A Bieber Rolling Deep Y118 bull calf.

 

Above: A Bieber Spartacus A193 bull calf 

Below: An Andras Fusion R236 bull calf.

 

     

Left: A Bieber Rollin Deep Y118 bull calf 

Right: A Bieber Hard Drive Y120 bull calf 

 

     

 

Left: A Bieber Hard Drive Y120 heifer calf

Right: A LSF Exclusive 2793Z heifer calf

Below: Another Bieber Hard Drive Y120 bull calf 

 

     

 

One of our newest summer calves, a bull out of a Durheim cow and a Makin Hay son X390.

 

     

 

Above: A Bieber Hard Drive Y120 bull calf.

 

     

 

 


 
         
         
       
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